Bonds Pleads Not Guilty
February 12, 2009
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SAN FRANCISCO–Baseball slugger Barry Bonds pleaded not guilty Thursday, Feb. 5 on charges that he lied in front of a grand jury. This was the third time that Bonds has pleaded not guilty on charges that he lied about taking steroids. Bonds said that if he did take steroids it was unknowingly.
Baseball’s all-time home run leader was originally indicted in November of 2007, but the Government revised charges against Bonds two times to fix legal technicalities. Bonds now faces up to 10 counts of making false statements to a grand jury that he did not take steroids.
Bonds case is now scheduled to take place on Mar. 2. If Bonds is convicted, he could face up to two years in prison.
On Wednesday, Feb. 4, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston unveiled hundreds of documents that included positive drug tests that were linked back to Barry Bonds. The documents also included a transcript of Bonds and his personal trainer about injecting the slugger with steroids.
The government has also released documents that Bonds tested positive for steroids in both 2000 and 2001. It has also been said that Bonds used a once-undetectable designer drug.